Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s pessimistic attitude is dangerous,
opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich said Monday, following his “Bar-Ilan Speech
“It looks like Netanyahu was sucked back into the extreme Right of
his party and the Bayit Yehudi, and isn’t aware of the hope for an agreement
that is spreading through the public," the Labor leader stated.
agreement, Yacimovich added, “will ensure a Jewish and democratic state for
generations and will prevent a perilous scenario of a binational
On Sunday night, Netanyahu addressed Bar-Ilan University’s BESA
Center for Strategic Studies, focusing his speech on the need for the
Palestinians to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people in order for
there to be peace.
Yacimovich quipped that Netanyahu seems to have gone
back in time instead of giving good news and trying to create a more optimistic,
less dangerous reality for Israelis.
The Labor leader added that she
received information the current negotiations are not going well, and that the
low number of meetings with the Palestinians show an attempt to paralyze talks
and not reach an agreement.
MK Omer Bar-Lev, also of Labor, criticized
the speech, saying Netanyahu “sounds like a broken record and not a leader with
According to Bar-Lev, Netanyahu cares more about what the
Palestinians say or don’t say, instead of what is in Israel’s interest and what
“It sounds like Netanyahu doubts Israel’s power to initiate
and protect the Zionist vision of a strong, safe and democratic state with a
Jewish majority,” Bar-Lev stated.